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24th March 1943

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Events On This Day

North Africa. Heavy artillery duels on Mareth Line.

In the Mediterranean. Allied bombers made raid on Messina.

Russian Front. In the Kuban Soviet troops captured Abynskaya, Northeast of Novorossisk from the Wehrmacht ground forces after bitter fighting.

Northwest African Air Forces (NAAF). Northwest African Strategic Air Force (NASAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers hit shipping and dock area at Ferryville. B-26 Marauder medium bombers bomb La Scala des Souassi landing ground and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Djebel Tebaga North landing ground. Northwest African Tactical Air Force (NATAF) A-20 Havoc light bombers and B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit troop concentrations near El Guettar (where United States 1st Division is under attack) and landing ground at Djebel Tebaga. Fighters escort bombers and strafe ground forces along battle line.

Ninth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers attack ferry installations at Messina. Direct hits are scored in target area and adjacent railroad yards and naval oil and storage tanks are set afire. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Zarat. P-40 fighters fly escort, armed reconnaissance, and strafing mission. Just before midnight The British Royal Air Force (RAF) Liberators, under IX Bomber Command control, blast docks at Messina. British Eighth Army prepares to assault West flank of Mareth Line.

Tenth Air Force. 23 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers and 2 B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers attack bridge at Myitnge but fail to score damaging hits. 8 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers bomb engine sheds at Maymyo.

Fifth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-25 Mitchell medium bombers hit Langgoer and Faan. B-25 Mitchell medium bombers and B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers, operating individually, attack shipping in Netherlands East Indies (NEI) and airfields and targets at Gasmata and Mubo.

Thirteenth Air Force. United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bombers and Navy dive-bombers hit airfields at Kahili.

Eleventh Air Force. 10 United States Army Air Force (USAAF) B-24 Liberator heavy bombers, 3 B-25 Mitchell medium bombers , and 12 P-38 Lightning fighters fly 5 attack missions to Kiska. North Head runway and Main Camp area are bombed.

R10 R-boat
Sunk 24 March 1943

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The Second Great War.
Edited by Sir John Hamilton

The War Illustrated.
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2194 Days Of War.
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